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From the national question to the social question

Mkandawire, Thandika (2009) From the national question to the social question. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on South Africa, 69. pp. 130-160. ISSN 2587-7696

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Let me first thank the Harold Wolpe Trust for inviting me to give this lecture in honour of a man whom I have held in the highest esteem. I never met Harold Wolpe but, like many members of my generation, I knew of his Scarlet Pimpernel escapades not as a rescuer of the aristocracy but as a champion of the downtrodden, his deep commitment to liberation, and his prodigious and rigorous intellectual work. I do not know what he would think about what I will be saying, but the underlying theme of my paper – the tensions between race and class, between vertical and horizontal inequalities, between the “national” and “social” questions – would be familiar terrain for him, and one that he addressed with greater rigour than I am able to.

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Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2011 13:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 23:12

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